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Old 06-07-2008
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Socket fell down Exhaust, ARGGG!!!

I had the manifolds unbolted, I had a socket in my hand and it slip right down the into the exhaust manifold and down the pipe, I bolted the manifold back on and it seems fine. Should I worry until I get it out? I have to unbolt the Y pipe from the Converter But the bolts are rotten and Im not sure if they are bolts or studs, If they are bolts I'll just cut them out and replace them. Will the socket hurt anything Until I get around to taking the exhaust apart? I only have a couple more weeks till I can drive, So Im thinking if it'll be ok till then, I'll drive somewhere and let someone else do it.

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have you tried getting one of those extendable magnets? they might just be powerful enough to get it out? just a thought
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Yea, I thought of thought but didnt have one at the time, And also it would have to curve around and down the pipe, now its too late as I have bolted the manifold together. If I was still in school I'd just take it to my automotive class....
A socket insn't big enough to block flow is it?
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it shudnt be big enough to block flow.
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i would take the converter off and get it out.
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^^What he said.


The fasteners on stock exhaust(at least on mine) are studs. When I pulled my Y pipe off, I snapped two studs w/ only 50k on the truck. Good thing though, is that they are just pressed into the flange. So i pounded the studs out, and used 3/8 x 1 1/2 grade 8 bolts/nuts...and just replace the bolts every time i pull the Y pipe for something. That might be something you have to do.



On a side note: I dropped a 3/8 nut in between my header tubes on my chevy....and it rattled and rattled and rattled and it drove me NUTS!
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I drove it round the block and it didnt rattle at all that I could tell, So I think I'll leave until I get around to dealing with it.
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I wonder if there is a chance you shot it out the tail pipe when you started the truck?
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I wonder if there is a chance you shot it out the tail pipe when you started the truck?
if he has cats on his truck theres no way it would get past it.
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I wish it could, But yea it has cats so thats not possible.
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You could always pick up a flexible magnet. I think I scored one for like 16 bucks off of the Matco truck and it's saved me many times.
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i just though about this, idk why i didn't last night.

hopefully its not sitting on an oxygen sensor, it could do some damage if it is.
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Honestly if you have to ask that then you don't have any business working on your truck.
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Honestly if you have to ask that then you don't have any business working on your truck.
Sorry but it was a little mistake. I plan on fixing it soon. I couldnt think of anything it would hurt, but I was asking to make sure.
I also don't think you have any business telling me whether I should work on my truck or not and I really don't like being told that I dont because I'm a decent mechanic and I'm good at this stuff.

I pulled the oxygen sensor to make sure it wasn't sitting on it. So that shouldn't be a problem.
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take your cat off and drive up a steep hill.....
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take your cat off and drive up a steep hill.....
hahaha, nice!
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x10 on the magnet
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